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Posted by Albert Breer  March 27, 2010 11:19 AM

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The Patriots could still use another receiver and a pass-catching tight end. And in that regard, Deion Branch and Greg Olsen have been hot names around these parts the last few weeks.

So could they still come to New England? Check out what their respective coaches said this week.

Bears coach Lovie Smith on Olsen: "He can be successful in this offense -- not can. Will. He will be successful in this offense. He’s a competitor. He’s going to find a way. His role has increased as far as us going to him every year. I don’t see that changing. ... H-back is probably what Greg has been best suited for up to this point. Right now, that’s been more Greg’s role. We haven’t talked a lot about him being an in-line tight end. That’s the next step we have to take with Greg."

Seahawks coach Pete Carroll on Branch: "I’ve seen him now on the field, throwing the ball around with a few players the couple days I was out (in Seattle). He’s gifted. He’s a natural player. He’s got terrific quickness. He’s got all the instincts. Terrific hands. With a good personality. ... The way he finished last year, the last 4 games of the year, he really looked good. He looked like a really good football player. It took him a little bit to get comfortable last year coming back from the stuff he dealt with. Once he got going, he looked like a very good player. Hopefully, we can utilize his talents and make sure he’s going to be a big factor for us.”

Take all that with a grain of salt. Last year, at the owner's meetings, the Jets swore -- swore -- they were excited going forward with Kellen Clemens and Brett Ratliff at QB. A month later, they were putting together a blockbuster trade to deal up and get Mark Sanchez.

So if you're hoping for either of these guys, feel free to keep hope alive.
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